Baycross Christian Family Foundation Catapults Children’s Healthcare At Golisano In 5 Million Ways

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has received a $5 million unrestricted donation from Baycross Christian Family Foundation (BCFF) to benefit Golisano’s Little Red Wagon Fund’s (LRWF) efforts to fulfill the region’s critical pediatric healthcare needs through innovative programs, technologies and services.

“The very existence of the Golisano Children’s Hospital is a testament to the unyielding commitment from the Southwest Florida Community,” commented Armando Llechu, chief administrative officer, Golisano. “We are grateful to the Baycross Christian Family Foundation for their faith in us as demonstrated through this unrestricted gift. These dollars will be used in transformative and meaningful ways to continue to drive programmatic growth and keep more children close to home as they receive the care they need.”

“At Baycross Christian Family Foundation, we’re especially passionate about Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and its efforts to fulfill a growing need for pediatric healthcare in our region,” commented Shahla Simpler, executive director, BCFF. “We see the impact this hospital is making within the lives of our children and families, and our goal with this special gift is to challenge our community to raise an additional $5M to support the Little Red Wagon Fund that provides hope and healing through strategic initiatives. We believe in the future of this children’s hospital, and feel blessed to be able to give back. Through our time with the leadership team of Golisano Children’s Hospital and Lee Health, we’ve seen a true passion for the community and an incredible drive to better serve patients through the development and expansion of its programs and services. Together, we can make a difference within our community. Join us as we bring greater medical services to our children today, and build innovative programs to better serve them into the future.”

As the only full-service children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami, Golisano has provided critical healthcare to 26 percent more children transported in from around the region this year. The hospital has launched new life-changing pediatric programs and services, including dialysis and burn services, also installing automated external defibrillators in local schools. Lee Health Foundation has established the Little Red Wagon Society to spur continued development of similar programs to meet the region’s ever-changing healthcare needs.

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